Cameroon lesbian on the run

Police in Cameroon have been seeking a 22-year-old lesbian for the past three weeks, ever since a homophobic neighbor denounced her to police in Douala because of her sexual orientation.

By Steeves Winner

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Location of Douala and Yaoundé in Cameroon (Map courtesy of

Brit (a pseudonym) is a young professional who earlier this summer started receiving  unwanted romantic attention from a man who lives near her in Douala.

At first, he was unaware of her sexual orientation. He became jealous whenever he saw her talking to another man. As his jealousy grew, he began to spy on her and to inquire about her personal life.

Listening at her window, one day he discovered that Brit had invited her lover to visit for a weekend. Continuing his eavesdropping, he realized that they were having sex. He decided that he had found an opportunity for blackmail.


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The next day he told Brit he would report her to police if she did not agree to have sex with him.

She refused. He reported her to police.

On August 3, police confronted Brit but failed to arrest her before she could run away. Since then has not been seen at home in Douala.

Recently she was spotted in Yaoundé and has sought help from a friend there.

Steeves Winner, the author of this article, is an activist for LGBTI rights in Cameroon who writes under a pseudonym. Contact him at

Steeves Winner comments:

A fan asked J.K Rowling: “I wonder why you said that Dumbledore was gay, because I cannot see him like that.” The author replied: “Maybe you cannot see it like that because gay people are just … like everyone else.”

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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